In 1910 Harry Vardon, Alexander Findlay and Walter Hagen sat down with Joe Norwood to discuss his future. Joe was good at baseball and wanted to go play with the pros such as Ty Cobb but he decided to become a golf swing teacher because "his career would last longer".
Findlay, Vardon and Hagen wanted Joe to develop a universal golf swing for golf so each golfer could have an understanding what they were doing.
Who knew he would teach golf longer than the average life span of a human. Joe Norwood began his teaching career in 1910 and got his 1st job as an assitant teacher at Brookline. His friend Francis Quimet won the U.S. Open at Brookline in 1913 while Joe was at the club.
Joe moved from Brookline to New Hampshire, to San Antonio Texas and eventually was offerred the Head Professional position at Los Angeles Country Club in 1922. He was the 1st head professional for the Los Angeles Open and remained head teaching professional until 1946.
Joe Norwood learned from the great ones of the 19th century and developed a universal golf swing that brings to bear the best of the greatest professionals and amateurs of this era. His grip was 1st used by Bobby Jones, His backswing emulates Harry Vardon as well as the Vardon Move (1st move down), Ben Hogan's famous left arm, Sam Sneads sitting power, Bruce Cramptions high finish (Moe Norman had it 1st) but the player that Joe built his swing around was much better known as a great putter, Mr. Walter J. Travis. Travis putted with his elbow and Joe soon began to understand that the elbow, when trained properly, not only allows the swing to stay compact but allows the upper body create a massive amount of torque.
The Joe Norwood Swing anchors the lower body in a position of power at the beginning so the body is already set for the arms and shoulders. Next he developed a sealed wrist with 3 components that when held as trained, they are strong and fierce. His swing sounds simple. Hold the body and swing the arms, hold the hands and push the shoulders. Yes it is a simple swing but 1st one must control all the movements in the lower and upper body to get to this point of power. This is why Golf-O-Metrics was written so the golfer would understand and have metrics or exercises to work on while he was off the course.
The mainstream of professional golf must have you believe that a golf swing is like a finger print but it is more like a 1932 Model A Ford. Everyone one of those Fords were made the same. It is the same with the Joe Norwood Golf Swing and yes it does take a commitment and yes you have to train but golf can be played over a lifetime so the training isn't as tough as you might think because the moves and holds are all the same. Everyone swings the same way or what my Grandfather used to tell me: Danny, When they come to me I brand them and that's what this swing does. Everyone plays with a tucked elbow, everyone seals their wrists, everyone has a closed stance and everyone swings in a cross lateral straight line rather than a horizontal circle.
There are 1000's of followers all over the world who know this swing is the path to hitting the ball straight on purpose.
Synopsis of the Joe Norwood Golf Swing Method
- The grip used by Bobby Jones & Ben Hogan
- Compact and anchor the lower body so it hardly moves during the swing
- Seal your wrists on the start of the backswing and they stay sealed throughout the entire swing
- Your back swing will be a 3/4 swing. It will end with the right elbow never lifting away from the body
- Your sitting power will come from Mr. Sam Snead.